AIN’T A TWANG THING—Dale is known as King of the Surf Guitar.
Dick Dale, the 78-year-old surf-rock legend, is in rough shape. He’s had rectal cancer twice, parts of his stomach and intestines removed, and currently struggles with diabetes.
That’s not to mention several vertebrae so damaged that, “Every time I stand up it’s like a double-edge sword going into my spine,” he says.
Despite it all, Dale plays through the pain and maintains a busy touring schedule, in part because he needs...
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